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Spring Valley News...2018



Carol Neisinger McGregor, Age 81

   Carol Neisinger McGregor, age 81, died on January 5, 2018. She graduated from SVHS in 1954. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, of 59 years on October 21, 2017; her siblings, Charles Neisinger, Lucille Gore & Janet Ottum. Carol is survived by her siblings, Mary Anne (Gerald) Timm, Maxine Larson, Dan (Lois) Neisinger, Larry (Shirley) Neisinger; brother-in-law, Allen (Nancy) McGregor, and many nieces & nephews.

   Carol and Bob's love of travel took them to Alaska, Newfoundland and the Caribbean.

   A funeral service will be held for Carol at 2pm on Saturday, January 20, at the Lakeville Kingdom Hall, 20465 Cedar Ave. S., Lakeville, MN 55044.

Lorraine Blegen Matthias, Age 88

    Lorraine M. Matthias, 88, of Peoria, Arizona passed away December 19, 2018. Lorraine was born on October 29, 1930 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin to Alvin and Pearl (Phernetton) Blegen. Lorraine graduated from Spring Valleyy High School in 1948. She graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and Wisconsin State University in River Falls, Wisconsin. She had a Master’s Degree in Education and was a teacher in Special Education. Lorraine married Howard Elmer Matthias. In 1990, Lorraine and Howard moved to Sun City, Arizona from Minnesota. Lorraine loved to travel, was an avid reader, and was a member of the Bell Choir at the First United Methodist Church of Sun City. She also enjoyed her time at Sierra Winds.

   Lorraine was predeceased by her husband, Howard, of 50 years. She is survived by her children Deborah (Mark) Anderson, Ann (Ray) Del Muro, and Mark (Ronda) Matthias; her sister Barbara (David) Litzell; as well as her 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

   Visitation will be held Friday, December 28, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Sunland Mortuary, 15826 N Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, AZ. Also from 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Sun City. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00am. To send condolences to the family please visit

Margaret Golden, Age 102

  Margaret Golden of El Paso Township passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the age of 102 at her home at Valley Villas. Margaret and husband Allen operated a purebred holstein dairy farm near El Paso. She was born January 3, 1916 to Matthew and Julia Shafer. After graduating from the Spring Valley High School she went on to school and became a beautician. By the age of 19, she had already established her own beauty salon in Spring Valley.

   She married Allen Golden in 1939 and bore three sons. Tom (Mary Kaye), Barry(Connie) and Bill (Susan). Margaret is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren.

   Margaret was known throughout the area as a woman of great compassion and generosity. Her life long and selfless caregiving extended from the 1950’s and 60’s with her daily support of several dying neighbors to the 35 years she worked as a CNA at the Spring Valley Nursing Home. She retired from the nursing home three times, the last being in her 80’s. When the Nursing Home called her again for backup help, she finally said “no I think I’ll retire for good.”

   Margaret was known far and wide as the “pie lady.” She loved making apple pies and at her peak was making over 150 pies every fall with about half being given away to family, neighbors and friends. She was also known for her doughnuts and long johns which brought frequent surprise visits from neighbors and friends. She was the ultimate example of a caring and supportive woman who was loved by the community.

   Visitation will be on Monday, December 3, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley with a time of sharing at 7 p.m. Memorial service will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart. Burial in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, El Paso, at a letter date.

Craig Leonard Vandelist, MD, Age 57

   Craig Vandelist MD; born April 23,1961, in San Antonio Texas, passed away on November 20, 2018 from complications of Leukemia at the age of 57 years.

   Craig grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin graduating from West Bend West High School in 1979. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1983. From there in 1987 he achieved the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Craig Vandelist went on to the University of Arizona to complete his residency in Anesthesiology and moved to Reno Nevada to begin his career with the Associated Anesthesiologists Group.

   Craig met his wife Gail and married on September 12, 1997. He was an avid outdoorsman mastering many sports such as mountain biking, hunting, kayaking, and heliskiing to name a few. He loved to travel the world seeking adventure. This die hard Wisconsin Badger fan and Green Bay Packers fan could be found at his Lake Almanor house enjoying a nice scotch, cigar and good debate with the family and friends he loved. Craig could also be found donating his time to repairing the Tahoe Rim Trail.

   Survived by his wife Gail of 21 years, parents, Gary ('55) and Karen Thompson ('56) Vandelist of Waupon, WI; Mother-in-law, Elizabeth "Pat" Yeckley of Verdi, NV; Brother, Scott (Jill) from Waupon, WI; Sister, Cindy (Steve) Baumgartner of Neenah, WI; brother, Mark (Marlou) of Windsor, CO; nieces, Adrea, Rene, Eva, Krista, Sabrina; nephews, Kurt, Calvin, Connor, and Jack as well as many great nieces and nephews.

   The family is holding a rosary vigil on Monday November 26, 2018 at 5pm and funeral services at 11am on November 27, 2018 at Our Lady of the Snows located at 1138 Wright Street Reno, NV 89509. The family invites you to a reception immediately following the funeral service at the Parish Center 1200 S. Arlington Avenue Reno NV 89509. He will be laid to rest at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, Ohio.

   In Lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Tahoe Rim Trail, or American White Water Rafting. To send flowers to the family of Craig Leonard Vandelist MD, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Evelyn Annette Finch Hake, Age 71

   Evelyn Annette Finch Hake, age 71, passed away November 24, 2018 from pancreatic cancer. Evelyn was born December 3, 1946. She graduated from SVHS in 1964. She lived near Des Moines, IA.

   Evelyn most enjoyed traveling with her husband, adventures with her grandchildren, and working with her Joseph's Jewelers family.

   She is survived by her children, Michael (Andrea), Martin (Gina), Melissa (Andy), and Marcella; 8 grandchildren; and 6 siblings. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom; and 2 siblings.

   Evelyn's siblings also attended SVHS: Pat (Finch) Malean ('69-?), Lisa (Fiinch) Larson ('73), Cindy ('75), Kris ('76), Teresa ('77) and Ned ('79)

   Services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, IA with visitation to follow.

Sharon Klanderman, Age 82

   It is with great sadness that the family of Sharon Bell Klanderman announces her passing on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the age of 82 years.

   Sharon grew up on the south side of Chicago, moving to Skokie, IL in 1949, where she graduated from Niles Township High School in 1954. Sharon earned her BBA in Education from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1958. Influenced by clinical psychologist and mentor Carl Rogers, Sharon entered the Clinical Psychology PhD program at University of Wisconsin. In the process of completing the required coursework for her PhD, she earned an MA degree in Social Psychology. Upon completing her PhD coursework she moved with her husband to Long Island in 1965 with the intent of finishing her qualifying exams and thesis off-campus. She moved to Cortland with her husband and young family in January of 1967 where she completed her certification in School Psychology. In July of 1974 Sharon began working at TST BOCES in Ithaca as a school psychologist, a position she held for almost 25 years.

   Sharon was an active member of the Cortland YWCA and served on the "Y" Board as well as several committees. She became a member of the Winning Way Investment Club, a strong interest she maintained until a week before her final illness. She was an avid bridge player both when working and in retirement. Sharon was a charter member and active participant of Faculty Wives Second Friday Couples Bridge Club for over 50 years. She was an active congregant of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, later Grace and Holy Spirit Church. After her retirement she traveled extensively with her husband, visiting Hawaii and several national parks, cities, and places of historical interest in the U.S. and Canada.

   Above all she was a devoted mother and grandmother. Nothing gave her more pleasure than visiting her children and grandchildren and being a part of their lives. Her kindness, sharp wit, delicious cooking, and generosity made her home a favorite destination for everyone in her family. Sharon focused on people, and her caring ways were a central theme in her life.

   Sharon will be warmly remembered and greatly missed by her husband of 55 years, Kent Klanderman, and their three children, Jeffrey Klanderman, Kathryn Klanderman (Patrick Boyd), and Thomas (Clare) Klanderman. Sharon will also be remembered by her sister Susan Bell Rochow, sister-in-law Karen Bell, brother-in-law William (Jill) Klanderman, and by her grandchildren, William and Hannah Klanderman, Connor and Kellan Boyd, and Rian, Reid, and Rowan Klanderman. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and abundant friends in the Central New York Region and beyond. Sharon was predeceased by her parents Charles J. and Naomi Walker Bell, her brother Charles Bell, and her brother-in-law Kenneth Rochow.

   Calling hours will be held at 1:30pm – 2:45pm on Sunday, December 9th at Grace and Holy Spirit Church, 13 Court Street in Cortland, with a Celebration of Life service to follow at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cortland YWCA (, or the Arts at Grace music program at Grace and Holy Spirit Church.

   Wright-Beard Funeral Home in Cortland is serving the family. To offer condolences online, visit

Avis Finke, Age 95

   Avis Finke, age 95, of Spring Valley died Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the River Falls Area Hospital.

   Avis was born June 10, 1923 to Henry and Hazel (Smith) Fouks near Cylon, Wisconsin.  She grew up at Cylon and attended and graduated from New Richmond High School.  On June 10, 1945 Avis was married to Paul Finke.  They lived and farmed in Martell Township on the Finke Family farm their entire married life.  Avis has lived at Valley Villas Assisted Living in Spring Valley for the past 8 years.

   Avis was a member of the Locust Grove Homemakers and was a 4-H Leader for several years.  She enjoyed embroidery, trichem painting, and especially making afghans.  She also enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting and knitting.  She loved to dance, read and write to pen pals.  She raised her two children Maxine and Dale and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.       She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Paul; brother Gordon and his wife Doris; and sister Helen and her husband Julius Holmson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Robert and Adeline Finke and Lloyd and Frances Finke. Survivors include her two children: Maxine (Art) Schaller of Baldwin; and Dale (Marilyn) Finke of Spring Valley; 7 grandchildren: Lee (Jeena) Schaller; Paula (Jim) Knutson; Art III (Beth) Schaller; Nicole (Nate) Neisinger; Christopher Finke; Amanda Finke; and April Finke; 9 great grandchildren: Austin and Dylan Schaller; Eryka and Jasper Knutson; Alex and Isbella Schaller; and Clayton, Tristan, and Sierra Neisinger; other relatives and friends. 

   Visitation is from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley with a graveside service to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Martell Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. Avis’ grandchildren served as pallbearers and her great grandchildren as honorary bearers.

Ruth Davis Barrington, Age 87

    Ruth Barrington, age 87, died Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Roseville Care Center in Roseville, CA at 5:00 a.m., with her daughter Gail Mausss at her side. She was a well-loved resident there since 2012. Ruth Ann Davis was born October 7,1931, in Rochester, Minnesota to Kenneth and Harriett Davis. She was the second of five daughters born to her parents. Her early childhood was spent in Spring Valley, Wisconsin and Lake City, Minnesota. The Davis family made a permanent move back to Spring Valley in 1944.

   Ruth graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1949. She earned a B.S. degreen in elementary education from UW-River Falls in 1954. She had a long career in education, teaching mostly 4th and 5th graders from Alaska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, and California. Even after her retirement she continued as a substitute teacher.

   During her married years she raised 5 children. Ruth had a love for travel and adventure. She would often take her children in the summer on road tips across country ending up in Wisconsin to visit family. She loved to read and history trivia was her expertise. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She had many church friends from her different locations during her years in different states. She attended a Davis family reunion in September 2001 organized by her sister Susan Hanson in Truro, Massachusetts. Ruth was willing to help others often giving of her time and energy.  

   Ruth is survived by her daughter Gail Mauss, Californial grandson Jason (Jessica) Bailey, Cole & Lindsay from Arizona. Granddaughter Dianna Liu (Jay) & Vinyl from Utah. Her son Thomas Barrington (Gemma) Alan, Nathan & Austin from Florida. Son-in-law Dan Moss, Kyle of Minnesota. James Barrington of Arizona. Daughter-in-law Samantha Atkinson, (Bill) Anthony (Maria) Barrington, Penelope, Isabell of San Diego, CA. Rebecca Barrington of Chicago, IL. Nicholas (Polly) Barrington, Scarlet of Georgia and Florida.

   Ruth is also survived by her sisters Eleanor Malmo ('48) of Onalaska, WI.  Susan Hanson ('63) of Spring Valley, WI and Jane Culbert ('65)of Colfax, WI.

   Preceding Ruth in death were her daughter Caroline Moss, and sister Helen Sandve.

   Funeral service was Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley with visitation from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service.  Burial was in St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Charles Christenson, Age 83

   Charles “Chuck” Christenson, age 83, of Baldwin, Wisconsin died Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Birch Haven Assisted Living in Baldwin.Visitation will be on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Baldwin. Funeral service will follow at 1:30 at Peace.Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Baldwin.

  Charles Walter Christenson (Chuck) was born February 12, 1935, to Walter and Cora (Julson) Christenson in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He was baptized, confirmed and a long-time member of Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin. He attended Baldwin schools, graduating with the class of 1953. After high school, Chuck attended UW-River Falls and earned a degree in Land Conservation. Following that he entered the U.S. Army and served for almost two years.

  On November 18, 1961, Chuck married Roselind Jean McClellan ('60). In the early 1970’s they moved to the family farm in Baldwin, where they lived for many years while Chuck worked for St. Croix County. Chuck was a dedicated man in everything he did whether it be his family, his work, his farming, or the volunteer jobs he did. He put great effort and thought into all of them. In his middle years when he wasn’t at home, you could always find him throwing a bowling ball in Baldwin or dancing a good polka in Ellsworth.

  As the years passed, he continued to get a visit in at either the Brownwood or Ray’s Truck Stop, where the coffee never ran out.In between a good play or musical, he thoroughly enjoyed all local sporting events, earning the Blackhawk Appreciation Award. From his younger years of card parties with cousins to the lunch time UNO games with co-workers to the very last week of a good game of Pokeeno with his friends at Birch Haven, he had joy and joking entertainment. Even through his battles with Parkinson’s and skin cancer, he remained patient, gentle, and uncomplaining.

  Chuck was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Jean of Baldwin, son Kurt of Baldwin; daughter Heidi of Wilson; grandchildren Aaron, Maverick, Brooklynn, Alexandra, Sydney, and Olivia; and many other relatives and friends.

Marlene V. Wilhelm Holland, Age 85

    Marlene V. Holland, age 85, of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Nekoosa Court Assisted Living.

   Funeral services for Marlene will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nekoosa. Rev. Dennis Schwalenberg and Rev. Bill Fischer will officiate the service. The family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday morning at the church from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

   Marlene was born on January 12, 1933 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin to the late Raymond and Mildred (Van de List) Wilhelm. She married George C. Holland on September 20, 1953 in Spring Valley. She worked over 30 years as an X-Ray technician and office manager at the Nekoosa Medical Center, retiring in 1991.

   Marlene enjoyed playing cards, pinochle and bridge, reading and golfing. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Brewers, Packers, Badgers and especially the Nekoosa High School sports teams. As the “coach’s wife” Marlene enjoyed being around all the baseball teams George coached and was always their biggest fan. Marlene was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was a part of the church choir for years. She served her community by being a member of many civic organizations and served as the past president of the Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed watching the sunsets over Lake Petenwell where she resided with George for many years and loved spending time at the family cabin on Squirrel Lake by Minocqua where she was known to put on a great fish fry.

   Marlene is survived by her husband George, children Martha (Joel) Ermis of Pacifica, CA, Diane (Jeff) Bemis of Appleton, WI and Tom (Krista) Holland of Appleton, WI, grandchildren Megan (Jim) Testin, Jenna (Tom) Ziemer, Kyle (Brittany) Bemis, Ted Holland, Drew Holland and Matthew Holland, great-grandchildren Anna, Mae and Nora Testin, Henry and Eddie Ziemer and Baby Bemis due soon. She is also survived by her siblings Richard (Vi) Wilhelm, Dana (Robert) Colburn, Julie (Mike) Kettner and Sue (Al) Avestruz. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Don Wilhelm.

   Marlene’s family would like to thank the staffs of Nekoosa Court and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care given to her.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Holland Family Baseball Scholarship Fund or to Alzheimer's Research.

Ellen L. Brooke Nelson, Age 96

   Ellen L. Brooke Nelson, age 96 of Spring Valley, died Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at her home at the Spring Valley Assisted Living.

VISITATION will be on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Emmaus Church, Spring Valley, with the FUNERAL service at 11 a.m.

Burial will be in Gilman Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Ellen was born September 2, 1922 to Roy and Mabel (Bredahl) Brooke in Gilman Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin.  She grew up in Gilman Township where she attended Spring Valley Schools, graduating with the Class of 1940.

  She attended college at the River Falls Normal School to become an Elementary School Teacher.  Ellen taught school for 33 years which included Prescott School, Reed School in Hatchville, and Spring Valley School. 

   On June 2, 1951 Ellen married Millard Nelson at the Congregational Church in Spring Valley.    They lived west of Spring Valley before purchasing Rainbow Springs Farm near Maiden Rock.  In 2000 they moved back to Spring Valley.  Ellen moved to Spring Valley Assisted living about 6 years ago.

   Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Millard; sister Beth Lang and her husband Darrell; and brother Calvin Brooke.

   Survivors include: sister-in-law Joyce Brooke of Spring Valley; nieces and nephews: Gwynn (Skip) Lacy of Knapp; Gail (Gary) Wichman of Ripon; Kay (Dale) Place of Spring Valley; Kim Brooke of Spring Valley; Patty Lang of Los Angeles CA; Barbara Ford of Las Vegas. NV; Allen Neumann of New Richmond; many great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Harriet E. Linder Koonze, Age 87

   Harriet E. Koonze, age 87 of Oakdale, was born on September 10, 1931 and passed away on September 21, 2018, at The Pillars Hospice House in Oakdale.

   Harriet Eloise, the daughter of Casper and Margie (Starin) Linder, was born on September 10, 1931 in Pierce County, Wisconsin. Harriet grew up in Spring Valley and graduated from Spring Valley High School with the class of 1949. Following her education, she worked for an insurance company and this is where she met the love of her life, Robert. His father introduced them and they were united in marriage a year later on November 6, 1954 in St. Paul. During her free time, she enjoyed needle crafts and creating gifts for friends and family. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

   She was preceded by, parents; sisters, Audrey Bitney and Helen Brown; brothers-in-law, Ed, Jim, and Leonard Koonce; and infant daughter Betty. Harriet is survived by, husband of 63 years, Robert; children, Kathleen Koonce, Nancy (David) Velure, William (Heather) Koonce, and Mary Koonce; grandchildren, Emily (Brent) Trondson, Adrian (Staci) Eastwick, Jill (Dustin) Book, Amanda (Justin) Bongard, Kelly Velure, Nicole Koonce, Jessica Koonce, and Anne (Matt) Johnson; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Gretchen Koehnen; special friend, Mary Feia; and many other relatives and friends.

   Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, in Minneapolis.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to Mass at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial preferred to The Pillars Hospice House.

Remona Lansing, Age 87

   Remona Lansing, age 87, of Spring Valley died August 26, 2018 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Remona (Mona) Lansing was born October 5, 1930 to Oliver and Laverna (Parkhill) Holden in El Paso Township, Pierce County, WI. She attended Spring Valley Schools graduating with the Class of 1948.

On November 12, 1948 she married Kermit Lansing at the Martell Methodist Church in Martell Township, Wisconsin.  They lived most of their life in the Spring Valley area where they raised a family of 7 children.

   Mona lived in California for a few years where she babysat and worked in a Candy Shop.  After moving back to Wisconsin she waitressed at several places including the Cardinal Café, the Crystal Bar and Ziggy’s in Spring Valley.

  Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Kermit; sons Dwight, Dean and Derwin; and Dennis; daughter Delores Lansing; 2 sisters: Fern and Ellen Holden; and brother Lloyd Holden.

   She is survived by children: Dawn Neidermyer of Spring Valley; Debbie Peterson of Spring Valley; Denise (Bernie) Christman of Elmwood; Dan (Sheri) Lansing of Henderson, Minnesota; and Darla Lansing of Eau Claire; nieces: Linda (Ed) Leehe of Wi Rapids; Yvonne (Skip) Anderson of Washington; and Darlene Brown of Anderson CA; in-laws: Marv (Nancy) Lansing of Knapp; John (Anita) Lansing of Madison; and Pat Swenson of River Falls; 16 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends

   Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Funeral service will be Thursday August 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Elmwood United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Martell Methodist Cemetery, Martell Township, Wisconsin

LeRaine F. Olson, Age 105

   LeRaine F. Olson, age 105 was born in the year 1913 and passed away on July 22, 2018, at the age of 105.

   LeRaine grew up on a farm in Spring Valley, WI where she taught country school and later completed her teaching degree at River Falls College. She and her daughters moved to Maplewood, MN to begin a 33 year teaching career in Dist. 622 at Gladstone School. Since 1953 LeRaine was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where she was especially close to the ORLC Quilters, her Circle, and “The Sisters of the Skillet." She was a loving Mother, Grandmother & Great-Grandmother

   LeRaine was preceded in death by parents, Ella & Edd Moen; brothers, Russell & Orvell. She is survived by her daughters, Janice (Dennis) Peterson of Maplewood, MN and Lynne Mechelke of Mesa, AZ; grandchildren, Ryan (Miki) Mechelke & Kristi (Mark) Kramer of Arizona; Julie Peterson & Andrew Peterson of Maplewood; great-grandchildren, Abbie LeRaine, Andrew & Alex Kramer; Jensen & Emerson Mechelke.

   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1390 Larpenteur Ave E, St. Paul with visitation 1 hour before the service. Special thanks to her HealthEast Hospice team for their loving care and to many friends and staff at the Shores of Lake Phalen. Memorials preferred to the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

   Mavis Youngren Hawkins would like to add: "LeRaine was a 1930 graduate of Spring Valley High School. She was a classmate of Lloyd Karnes. She lived to be 105. She was a personal friend of mine, as is her daughter and son-in-law. Her grandson, Andy Peterson, was director of Dick/Sharon Alton's chorus for a while. She taught at my children's grade school.

Lois Faber Quinn Ward, Age 81

   Lois Faber Quinn Ward, age 81 of Woodville, formerly Spring Valley and Hudson died peacefully Friday July 27th 2018 at the Parkview community Campus in Woodville.

   Lois was born on September 8, 1936 in Cady Township; the daughter of Elmer and Florence (Cockburn) Faber. She was raised in Spring Valley where she graduated from high school in 1954. She would be married to Ernest “Bud” Schillinger. To this union sons Randy and Robert were born. She would later be married to Jeffrey Ward to which a son Brian was born.

   Lois enjoyed all types of music and watching her favorite TV shows. Earlier in life, she had many memorable memories camping and fishing with her family. She enjoyed dancing to polkas or waltzes and knitting.

   Lois is survived by her sons Randall Schillinger, Robert Schillinger, Brian Ward; sister Diane Lindstrom, brother Paul (Sylvia) Faber; brothers/sisters-in-law Larry Larson, Vicki Fenner, Vanda (Chuck) McGee; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Jeff, and sister Jean Dury.

   Funeral service for Lois Ward will be 11AM Friday, August 3 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin. Interment will be in the St. Matthews Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Valley with her family serving as casketbearers. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at O’Connell’s on Friday morning. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. 

Mary Ann Reynolds Ofstie, Age 77

   Mary Ann Reynolds Ofstie, age 77 of Spring Valley, died suddenly on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at United Hospital in St. Paul. 

  Mary Ann was born on August 7, 1940 in Red Wing, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Everett and Marion Reynolds, who later was divorced and remarried to Donald Thom. She was raised on a farm near Ellsworth where she graduated from high school in 1958. 

   A year after graduation, she married Dale Nelson; to this union two sons were born: Jeff and Steve. They were divorced later. 

   At an old-time ballroom dance in Bay City, she would meet a young gentleman with whom she would fall in love. On November 24, 1967, she was united in marriage to Schuyler Ofstie in Watertown, South Dakota. The couple has made her home in Spring Valley their entire married life.  

   Mary Ann and the Sky enjoyed their annual trips to Arizona or across the United States. One of their most memorable trips was to the Wisconsin Dells in an old converted school bus made into a RV. When they were able, they always enjoying old-time music and dancing. 

   Mary Ann is survived by her husband Sky; son Darin (Kim) Ofstie; grandchildren Tyler Palmer, Luke Nelson, Amber Nelson, Connor Ofstie, Keegan Ofstie, and her half brother Gary (Pamela) Thom. She is preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Donald Thom; and sons Jeffrey (Pamela) and Steve.

   A memorial Service for Mary Ann will be 6 p.m. Thursday July 26 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. A time of fellowship will immediately follow the service at O’Connell’s. Interment at a later date will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family.

Thomas William Sandve, Age 19

  Thomas William Sandve, age 19, died accidentally May 28 in Moscow, Russia. Thomas was born March 13, 1999, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to Bill Sandve and Rakhima Khodzhayeva. He attended school there until 2007, when his family returned permanently to Spring Valley, his father’s hometown. He was a member of the Spring Valley High School Class of 2017 and had worked at Spring Valley Drug. 

   At the time of his death, Thomas was studying in a preparatory program at Moscow State University. He was both inquisitive and introspective. Thomas had a gentle sense of humor; he was kind and affectionate. He was a talented potter, a reader and a runner, with interests includi ng oceanography and all things scientific. He enjoyed trips with his grandparents and family and, in recent years, visits to New Orleans and Washington, DC. 

   He will be missed greatly by his parents, Bill and Rakhima; his sister and good friend, Renata; many other relatives and friends. 

   He was preceded in death by his grandparents Glenn and Helen Sandve and Ibidullah and Roza Khodzhayeva. The family expresses gratitude to those who have provided assistance and support during this difficult time. 

   A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with a service to follow at 6 p.m. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Glenda H. Anderson Minder, Age 62

   Glenda H. Minder (Anderson), age 62, of Spring Valley, WI passed away July 18, 2018 after battling cancer for the last two years. 

Glenda, the daughter of Monte and Donna (Neidermeyer - '54) Anderson, was born in Minneapolis, MN on April 16,1956. They later moved to Spring Valley, WI where Glenda attended school and met her husband, Herbert (Steve) Minder. She graduated in 1974 and then they were married on July 14, 1975. 

   Many people who knew Glenda, describe her as a very positive, generous, and caring person with an incredible faith she shared with everyone she met. Glenda had an infectious smile that would light up any room. She cared so much about others, and was always willing to help out whenever possible expecting nothing in return. She loved taking vacations with her husband and going on some incredible adventures whether by jeep or a stunt plane. Her love of reading, especially to strengthen her faith to share with others, was obvious and her "library" will be donated to a church to share with others. 

   Glenda will be deeply missed by her husband, Steve and their two children Jesse Minder and Shelby Haglund. She enjoyed her grandchildren and they were the light of her life. Jesse and Kate Eicher have Devin, Kylee, Jasper (VanDam), and Aidric. Shelby and Brent Haglund have Rylee, Ryan (Denzer), and Logan. Her parents, Monte and Donna Anderson and Herbert C. Minder. She had a brother, Clint (Helen) Anderson and a sister, Verla (Blair) Gunderson. Sister in law, Ruth Minder (Robert) and two brother in laws, Randy Minder, and Terry (Sue) Minder. She had many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and so many friends. She will also be fondly remembered by William J. Denzer and Summer M. Peterson.

Visitation for Glenda will be Sunday, July 22nd at 1:00 at Bible Center Church in Maiden Rock, WI (W3733 330th Ave.) with a service to follow at 2:00. There will be a meal and fellowship immediately following the service at Crossroad Community Church W7562 US Highway 10, Ellsworth, WI.

James Duberke, Age 83

    James A. Duberke of Ladysmith, WI, passed away on Thursday, June 28, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.

   Jim was born on March 7, 1935, in Hatchville WI., the son of Arthur and Margaret (Ninneman) Duberke. He married Diane Tanberg on August 15, 1959. He was blessed with two children, Kathy and Kraig. His wife and children meant the world to him.

   Jim proudly served his country by joining the Air Force after one year of college. After completing his tour of duty in the Air Force, Jim continued his college education, graduating from La Crosse State University in 1962 with a degree in education. He taught school in Somerset, Prairie Farm and Ladysmith. He also coached several sports as well as being Athletic Director at the schools he taught at.

   He was an avid fisherman who, when not with his family, could be found fishing with friends on the lakes and streams of Wisconsin and Canada. Jim was also an avid reader who enjoyed collecting a large selection of books.

   Jim is survived by his wife Diane of 59 years, his children Kathy (Alan Pooler) of Woodbury, MN and Kraig of Hudson, WI. He is also survived by his brother in law Jon (Kristen Larson) Tanberg and sister- in-law Laurie (Reece) Keehr, both of Spring Valley, WI, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

   Jim was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Margaret Duberke. A celebration of Jim's life is going to be held at a later date. Nash-Jackan Funeral Home of Ladysmith is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Wayne Voelker, Age 84

    Wayne Voelker, age 84, of Baldwin, formerly of Richfield, Mn died Saturday, June 23, 2018 at United Hospital in St Paul. Wayne was born January 7, 1935 to Robert and Esther (Gesche) Voelker in Cady Township, St Croix County, Wisconsin. He attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1952. He continued his education at Stout University in Menomonie. Wayne worked for Super Value for many years.

On May 12, 1956 He married Marilyn Anderson at St John’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. They were blessed with 2 children: Mike and Anne. On December 12, 2009 Wayne was united in marriage to high school classmate Ruth Afdahl. Survivors include his son and daughter: Mike (Barb) Voelker of Denver, Colorado and Anne Mahramus of Tarpon Springs, Florida; 5 grandchildren: Philip (Keri) Voelker; Kyle (Kelly) Voelker; Patrick Voelker; Kate (Wyatt) Langford; and Jenna (David) Clausen; 3 great grandchildren: Madison and Lauren Lanford and Samantha Voelker; brothers Bernard Voelker of Prescott and Stanley Voelker of Spring Valley, many other relatives and friends.  

   A Memorial Service will be held on July 20, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran in Spring Valley at 5 p.m. Visitation will be from 4-5 prior to the service at the church. Burial is in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Barbara LeMoine Ninneman Mattison, Age 86

   Barbara L. Mattison, age 86, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018, in Spring Valley, WI. Barbara was born January 1, 1932, the daughter of Carl and Bernice (Lau) Ninneman. On April 19, 1952, she was united in marriage to Jack Dale Mattison at the United States Army installation at Camp Polk, Louisianna. Their union was blessed with four children: Connie, Mark, Tammy, and Adam.

   Barbara was an excellent homemaker and spent countless hours in her various gardens. She was able to cultivate her own vegetable garden, as well as produce gorgeous, brilliantly colored flowers each spring and summer. She took pleasure in baking cakes and desserts for her kids and grandchildren, and she always looked forward to preparing an elaborate and hearty Sunday meal with her family.

   Barbara will be deeply missed by her husband of 66 years, Jack; children, Connie Anderson, Mark Mattison, Tammy (Jim) Anger, and Adam (Delaine) Mattison; grandchildren, April (Shawn) Miller, Aimee (Carter) Olson, Whitney Mattison, Brandon (Linsy) Margelofsky, Eric (Abby) Margelofsky, Tessa (Paul) Langer, Shalane (Adam) Wick, Jimmie Anger, McKenzie (Luke) Bakkum, McKenna Mattison, McKayla Mattison, and Jack Mattison; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Laurel Falde; as well as other extended family and numerous friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles (Hollyce) Ninneman; brother-in-law, Gerald Falde; son-in-law, Orlin Anderson.

   A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held from 1 to 2 PM on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, followed by a Memorial Service for Barbara at 2:00 PM. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI.

Michael (Mike) Everson, Age 66

   Michael (Mike) Everson, age 66, formerly of Spring Valley, died at his home in River Falls.

   Mike was born November 3, 1951 to Melvin and Irene (Johnson) Everson at Baldwin, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.

   Mike attended grade school at Gilman Elementary School, Spring Valley; and high school at Menomonie where he graduated in 1972. He grew up and lived most of his life in Gilman Township. Besides helping his dad on the farm, he worked at the Coachman in Baldwin and the Country Kitchen and Perkins in River Falls. He has lived in River Falls for the past 24 years. Mike loved living in town where he enjoyed his independence and making many friends.

   Preceding him in death were his parents and brother Myron.

   Mike is survived by 7 sisters: Betty (Howard) Baillargeon of Spring Valley; Patricia Nehring of Hudson, WI; Shelley (Michael) McGee of St. Paul, MN; Lila (Gary) Dienger of Blaine, MN; Wanda (Fitzroy) Ambrose of Spring Valley; Heidi (Todd) Freking of Minneapolis, MN; and Laurie (Steve) Helgeson of Deer Park; 13 nieces and nephews; 10 great nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.

   Visitation will be on Friday, June 22, from 10-11 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with a memorial service at 11:00 at the church. All are invited for lunch following the service. Burial will be in the Martell Lutheran Cemetery.

Millard Alneer Anderson, Age 85
    Millard Anderson, age 85 of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Millard was born January 9, 1933, in Spring Valley, to Carl and Ingeborg (Gronne) Anderson. Millard grew up on the family farm in Gilman township. He attended the Lone Balsam one room school and then attended Spring Valley Schools until 9th grade-when he quit school to help on the family farm.

   Millard married Darlene Helmer on August 10, 1956, at Oak Grove church in Prescott, WI. Together they were blessed with five children, sixteen grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. They made their living working hard on the farm, but his passions were cutting wood, clearing land, making maple syrup, and dancing (especially their famous hop polka). He loved the great outdoors, sleeping in a tent, and the calming sounds of the river. A lifelong dream was his cabin overlooking the Rush River. Many family gatherings, and work days have been spent there together. Millard was a lifelong member of the Gilman church.

   Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Courtney Anderson, sister and her husband Iola (Arnie) Knutson; mother and father-in-law: Edna and Cecil Helmer; in-laws: Larry Schroeder; Kenneth Helmer and Darold and Edna Helmer.

   Survivors include his wife Darlene of Spring Valley; children: Monica (John) Robey; Roxanne (Steve) Kiefer; Tammy (Mark Wendlandt) Pasch; Bonita (Larry) Pasch; and Bryon (Sara) Anderson; 16 grandchildren: Chris (Becca) Robey; Brandon (Sangeetha) Pasch; Joshua (Becca) Kiefer; Tyler Pasch; Chad Pasch; Andrew Kiefer; Nathan Pasch; Ben Anderson; Amanda (Charlie) Groepper; Amy (Melissa Lang) Pasch; Hannah Kiefer, Jenny and Laura Robey; and Elizabeth, Grace, and Claire Anderson; 7 great grandchildren: Rocklyn Robey; Addelyn Pasch; Stella and GeorgeAnna Kiefer; Trenton and Nyla Groepper; and Ethan Pasch; in-laws Dorothy Anderson; Joan Helmer; Leon and Carole Helmer; and Marilyn Schroeder; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 9, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service Sunday. Funeral service will be on Sunday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley. Burial will be in Gilman Lutheran Church Cemetery, Spring Valley.

Sam Aanestad, Age 71

   Samuel Mark Aanestad was born on July 16, 1946 to Rev. Wilhelm and Harriet Wiita Aanestad in Bismarck, North Dakota, and passed away at home in Penn Valley, California, surrounded by his family on May 6, 2018 at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan Aanestad; his children Kaesa Aanestad Moore (Darren), Erik Aanestad (Tiffani), Kirstin Bolton (Steve); grandchildren Rhiannon and Reaghan Moore, Sela, Ava, Britta and Eila Aanestad, and Apple, Ian, Isaac, and Soren Bolton; his siblings Bill Aanestad (Dorothy), Steve Aanestad, and Ellen Aanestad; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

   Sam was the third of five children, and grew up in parsonages in North Dakota, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It was in Spring Valley, Wisconsin (Class of '64), that he met his high school sweetheart, Susan Thompson (Class of '66), and married her in 1969. They moved to California that year so that Sam could continue his studies at UCLA where he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He later completed a fouryear residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Sam practiced oral surgery in Walnut Creek for a year before relocating with his family and entering into practice for himself in Grass Valley in 1980.

   Sam loved Nevada County and being engaged in his community. Some of his favorite activities included being a member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, a coach for youth soccer, football and baseball teams, a tournament-level Little League umpire, and a member of the KNCO radio broadcast team for Nevada Union High School football. He especially enjoyed attending his kids' athletic and academic events and could often be heard offering passionate encouragement. He served as an elder at his church and gained great friendships through participating in men's fellowship groups. He was on the staff of and served as Vice-Chief of Surgery at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and was a long-time board member for the Grass Valley School District.

   In addition to local community interests, Sam worked to promote his profession as he served as a member and chairman for the California Dental Association Council on Legislation, as president of the Butte-Sierra District Dental Society, and as a member of the Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Association. He had a heart to help those less fortunate, and he traveled to Mexico with Los Medicos Voladores as well as provided free care in clinics in the Sacramento area. He was honored as UCLA's School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year in 1998.

   Always interested in public policy and government, Sam earned a Master of Public Administration degree in 1991 and was elected to the California State Assembly, 3rd District in 1998. In 2002, he was elected to the California State Senate, 4th District where he served two terms. His top priorities included rural health care, water rights, and Veteran's issues. He was most proud of his work with Kristie's Law and fighting for those who couldn't fight for themselves.

   By 2014, Sam had retired from both politics and surgery. In his retirement, he volunteered with Interfaith Food Ministry and enjoyed being involved with his regular bible study group. Sam appreciated being able to spend summers back in Wisconsin with family and friends, enjoying sunsets over the lake, boating with his grandkids, and spotting bald eagles. He loved all things that fly, speaking his mind, a great cigar, the search for the perfect barbeque rib, Frank's Pizza, and a good book. He was a faithful believer in Jesus Christ, a hard worker, a dedicated servant to his community, a family man, and an honest and genuine person in all his endeavors. He always told his wife that she was the love of his life, his family that he loved them, and his friends always knew he would stand up for them.

   We will miss him all of our days.

   Sam was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David. A memorial service in honor of Sam will be held at Twin Cities Church, 11726 Rough & Ready Highway, in Grass Valley on June 2, 2018, at 2:00pm. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Hospice of the Foothills, Los Medicos Voladores, and Nevada Union High School Athletics. HOSPICEOFTHEFOOTHILLS.ORG | FLYINGDOCS.ORG | https://TINYURL.COM/Y8LVFWJ9

Harry Dale “Red” Whirry, Age 75

   Harry Dale “Red” Whirry, age 75, of West Allis died April 24, 2018. Harry was born December 17, 1942 at home in the Town of Cady, St. Croix County WI to Delbert Romaine and Zelda Laura Whirry (nee: Miller). Harry is survived by his loving daughters, Kathryn Ann Hebert (Kevin) and Laura Lynn Whirry Westhoff (Kirk), and grandson, Zachary Owen Hebert. He is also survived by 3 siblings, John Whirry (Elizabeth), Marilyn Loomis (Greg), and Vernon (Joyce), nieces, nephews, an auntie, many loving cousins, and countless friends.

   Harry grew up in Spring Valley working on the family farm before going to North Dakota to work in the fields. He returned to Wisconsin a year later to work as a farmhand. Harry relocated to Milwaukee, WI to work as a manual laborer before being employed by McKey & Toepfer Perforating. Harry was a Punch Press Operator for 36 years before retiring.

   Harry was an avid snowmobiler, thoroughly enjoyed a good Green Bay Packer game, looked forward to deer hunting each season, enjoyed a relaxing camp fire surrounded by friends, and mostly loved being with his family.

   Harry is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Joyce.

   Services will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at S520 Church Avenue Spring Valley, WI 54767. A visitation is scheduled from 11:00am to noon with a memorial service to be held at noon. All are welcome to stay for a luncheon after services. Burial will be in the St John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Valley, Wisconsin.

   Donations to The American Kidney Foundation in memory of Harry Dale Whirry at is appreciated. Thank you.

Ardith Howard, Age 93

   Ardith Howard, age 93, of Spring Valley died Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center.

   Ardith was born May 17, 1924 to Ernest and Beatrice (Hase) Peterson at home in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. She attended Spring Valley Schools and graduated with the Class of 1942. While in high school, she started dating H. Paul Howard. They dated all during high school and on June 5, 1942 were married in Taft, California.

   After Paul returned from serving in the U.S. Army/Air Force, he and Ardith lived in Spring Valley. Ardith was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She taught Catechism and was a Cub Scout Leader; enjoyed her family, sewing, and being a homemaker.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, brother Donald Peterson and his wife Jeanette, and brother-in-law Ernie Gay.

   Survivors include 2 daughters and 2 sons: Mary Ann (Robert) Richardson of Spring Valley; Fay Johnson of Spring Valley; P. William ‘Bill’ (Lennice) Howard of Minocqua; and Ted (Connie) Howard of Tomah; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; sister Marilyn Gay; sister-in law Ramona (Larry) Kochendorfer; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Funeral Service for Ardith will be Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Spring Valley, Wisconsin.

Jean Marie Krumheuer Knospe, Age 79

   Jean Marie Knospe went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 6, 2018 at the age of 79.
    Jean was born to William and Maggie Krumheuer on November 21, 1938 in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. In 1956 she graduated from Spring Valley High School and later went on to further her studies at Phagan’s Beauty School from which she graduated in 1959.
    On June 9th 1959, in Salem, Oregon, she married the love of her life, Gary O. Knospe. Together they raised three children, Michael, Kent, and Mark. Throughout her life, Jean was a beautician, caregiver, and most importantly mother, wife and homemaker.
    Jean was known for her love of God and church family, growing raspberries, playing cards, hiking, amazing sense of humor, and spending treasured time with her family and friends.
    Jean is survived by her spouse Gary, and children: Michael (Linda), Kent (Lisa), and Mark (Tina); along with five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

   The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the Cardiovascular/LVAD team at OHSU.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to OHSU Foundation LVAD Fund and/or to St. John Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon.

Tributes to Jean

Jean and some of her High School friends on a recent trip to Wisconsin

Lorraine Jacobson Jacobson, Marlis Donnelly Flynn, Jean Shafer Nelson,

Jean Krumhauer Knospe, and JoAnn Shafer Brenner

Pearl Anita Reed, Age 106

   Pearl Anita Reed, age 106, passed away on March 29, 2018. Pearl was born on January 19, 1912, the daughter of Ole and Inga (Boe) Oare. She was raised, one of 11 siblings, on a small family farm near Wilson, WI, where she became accustomed to the daily, labor-intensive work that was necessary around the homestead. On May 25, 1935, she was united in marriage to Harry Reed in Spring Valley, WI. Their union was blessed with one daughter, Carol. Pearl and Harry appreciated each moment and memory together until Harry’s death in 1989.

   After Harry’s death, Pearl lived independently at her home in Colfax, WI, until 2006. Since then, she has lived with Carol and Joe in Hudson, WI. Through her long and well-lived life, Pearl was independent and an inspiration to all.

   Pearl was committed to loving her family; she encouraged her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be selfless, respectful and strong-willed. She had an uncompromising measure of pride in her work and family, as she spent many years farming and as a homemaker on the farm. In her later years, Pearl sewed quilts for her great-grandchildren and crocheted afghans that she gifted to many. She kept many Norwegian food traditions alive and passed along her talents for making lefse, flat bread, rosettes and more to grandchildren.

   Pearl remains in the hearts of her daughter, Carol Alms (Joe); grandchildren Dan Alms (Susan Stehling), Tony Alms (Ina Surerus), Jon Alms (Paula VanBeckum) and Bill Alms (Bonnie); great-grandchildren Addy, Annemarie, Nat and Everett; sister Gladys Halderson; sister-in-law Betty Oare; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family and close friends.

   She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; siblings, Art Oare, Anna Koehler, Clifford Oare, Otto Oare, Ethel Zimmer, Margaret Hendrickson, Frances Gunderson, Carl Oare and Gordon Oare.

   A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10 to 11 AM on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Bethel Lutheran Church - Downtown Hudson Campus, followed by a Funeral Service for Pearl at 11 AM. Lunch will be served following the service. Interment will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI.

Kathleen A. Kannel Smith, Age 82

   Kathleen A. Kannel Smith, age 82, passed away on September 27, 2017. Kathy was welcomed into heaven by her parents, John & Marie Kannel, and brothers Jim, Dale, and Dick. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 60 years, Daniel; sons, Steven and Jami, Tony, David and Nicole; five grandchildren, Ian (& Katie), Miranda, Sabrina, Courtney, and Dominic; two great granddaughters, Eva and Clare; sister, Geri Brunner.

   Kathy graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1953. She was an active member of St. Patrick’s church in Inver Grove Heights and thoroughly enjoyed singing in the choir. She was a member and past president of the Santa Marians and St. Patrick’s Alter & Rosary Society. Kathy was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and had been awarded the St. George and the Silver Beaver.

  Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Saturday, September 30th, at the Church of St. Patrick, 3535 72nd St., Inver Grove Heights. Visitation 9-10 AM prior to Mass. Interment St. Patrick’s Church Cemetery.

Mildred “Millie” Samuel Johnson, Age 87

    Mildred “Millie” Johnson, age 87, of Elmwood, Wisconsin died Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire.

   Millie was born December 27, 1930 to Arthur and Esther (Glampe) Samuel in Cady Township, St Croix County, Wisconsin. She grew up on the Samuel family home farm in Spring Lake Township.  She graduated from Spring Valley High School with the Class of 1949.

   On January 17, 1953 Millie married Charles Johnson at the St John’s Lutheran Church-Hatchville parsonage in Weston Township.  Millie and Charles lived in Racine, Wisconsin for a few years, then moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin a while before moving to Minneapolis.  Millie worked various jobs while in Minneapolis.  Charles died in 1987 and in 1988 Millie moved to Weston where she lived until moving to Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood in 2009.

   Millie enjoyed a good card game and loved playing dominos, especially with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed watching the Twins, old time music, and puzzle books.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Charles; and 2 infant brothers: Roger and Norman Samuel.

   She is survived by her daughter Beverly (Michael) Hagberg of Champlin, Minnesota; son Steven (Peggy) Johnson of Danbury, Wisconsin; grandchildren: Chris (Nikki) Hagberg; Shawn (Kristi) Hagberg; Matthew (fiancé Amy Barber and her children: Justin and Alex); and Jessie (Chad) Weinberger; great grandchildren: Austin, Paige, and Morgan Hagberg; Meika Kolb; and Ella and Charles Weinberger; great granddaughter Serenity Hagberg; brothers Ray Samuel and Wayne Samuel; sister Karen Wisemiller; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Visitation is from 9:30 until 10:30 Monday, February 26, 2018 at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood, Wisconsin.  Funeral service is at 10:30 on Monday following visitation at Welcome Home. Burial is in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Memorials preferred to family.

Stephen Andrew Hanson, Age 79

   Stephen Andrew Hanson, age 79, was born on August 13, 1938, in the family farmhouse in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. He spent his formative years in Spring Valley graduating from Spring Valley High School with the Class of '56. He then went to college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. After graduating with a degree in Chemistry, he found employment in the Twin Cities, across the border in Minnesota.

   He met Donna Ann Knight at a dance class in 1969, and the two were married on June 27th, 1970. The newlyweds settled into an apartment in West St. Paul, MN, and soon added to their family with the birth of Stephanie Anne Hanson on July 28th, 1971. They then moved their growing family into a house they built in the city of Oakdale, MN. Their second child, Scott Andrew Hanson, was born on July 7, 1974, and their family was complete.
    Steve worked as a chemist at several companies in the Twin Cities, namely Rayette, MultiClean, Brissman Kennedy, and finally at his own company, North Country Labs. He had many interests outside of work, especially tending to his beloved garden with Donna at the farm in Spring Valley. He also enjoyed making maple syrup every Spring, fishing for trout, and competing in bowling and golf leagues for many years. He was a very proud veteran of the Army National Guard.
    Although suffering from dementia and aphasia, Steve’s last few years were spent loving on his many young grandchildren, whom he adored, even if that wasn’t always apparent. Steve Hanson passed away peacefully on January 12, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Rogna, and stepfather Conrad Jacobsen. He is survived by his wife Donna; daughter Stephanie (Boyd) Weiger; son Scott (Connie) Hanson; grandchildren Kaytlin Winkels, Erin and Molly Weiger, and Chelsea, Nathaniel, Jessica and Emily Hanson.

   Special thanks to the staff at Meadows on Fairview and the Chisago Lakes Area Hospice.
    Steve’s infectious laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Memorial Service 1:00 p.m. Thursday January 18th at AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1400 South Robert Street, West St Paul. Family will greet friends 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. His ashes are interred in a columbarium at our church.